Rockies Today, April 1

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Proposed copper mine in Montana raises water concerns
British Columbia-based Tintina has spent $18 million over the past three years exploring copper resources under 12,000 acres of public and private lands in Montana near White Sulphur Springs, with initial tests indicating there could be $1.9-billion in copper resources underground, but those resources lie near a major tributary to the Smith River, and there are concerns about acidic mine runoff.
Helena Independent Record; April 1

Colorado senator submits legislation to protect Browns Canyon
After spending a year gathering public input, Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall has submitted legislation to designate the Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness Area.
SummitDaily.com; March 31

Wyoming company touts game-changing wind-energy generation process
Using technology developed over the past decade in Alberta, Cheyenne's Winhyne Energy is touting a hydraulic-based wind-generation system, and the company is planning to build a test site of the new technology in Wyoming near Guernsey.
Casper Star-Tribune; March 31

USDA beats sequester with warning about closed packing plants
The budget cuts brought on by sequestration were thought to be unassailable, until Tom Vilsack, secretary of Agriculture, warned that cuts would force the closure of U.S. packing plants for at least 11 days, and Congress restored the $55 million sequestration had taken away.
Washington Post; April 1

FERC files lawsuit against Idaho Public Utilities Commission
The U.S. Federal Regulatory Commission alleged that the Idaho Public Utilities Commission's decision to void the contracts between Idaho Power and Wasatch Wind Intermountain and Murphy Flat violated the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act.
Idaho Statesman (Idaho State Journal); April 1

Investors in Wyoming equine slaughterhouse watch N.M. project carefully
A equine slaughterhouse in Roswell, N.M., is on track to open in April, and a group of people interested in opening such a slaughterhouse in Wyoming's Fremont County is monitoring the New Mexico project.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 1

J.R. Simplot researchers tackle nitrogen issue
Federal scientists identified fertilizer as the top contributor to high nitrogen levels in groundwater in south-central Idaho, and J.R. Simplot, one of the largest agribusiness companies in the state, is working on ways to reduce the amount of nitrogen that reaches the groundwater.
Twin Falls Times-News; March 31

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